Looking for a way to fill your home with a cozy holiday scent naturally? Simmering spices and fragrant ingredients is a winderful alternative to traditional potpourris and air fresheners. You can keep the aromatic mixture bubbling on your stovetop, or you can tuck it away in a crockpot to keep your burners free for holiday cooking. The greatest thing about this project is how simple it is to put together. Using everyday kitchen ingredients you can transform your home into a fragrant winter wonderland.
Orange Spice Holiday Simmer
Makes one batch
- 8 cups water
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 2-inch knob of fresh ginger, sliced*
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole star anise
- 11 allspice berries
- 5 whole cloves
*If you don't have fresh ginger on hand, try using a few cubes of crystalized ginger instead.
Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan or crockpot. Set the pot over low heat, and refill the pot with water as needed. This batch should last for several hours. After that, whip up a fresh batch to keep the aroma strong and sweet.
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